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Daniel R. Albert

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Daniel R. Albert

Posted: 5 Feb 2002 2:54PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Albert, Will, Pattner, Anderson, Fisher, Householder, Wheeler
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 469-470

The subject of this sketch is a substantial factor in the industrial development of Warren township, and occupies a deservedly high place among Huntington county's most prosperous farmers and successful business men. He is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Lancaster county November 9, 1854, the son of Emanuel and Mary Albert. Emanuel Albert came to America from Germany a number of years ago, and settled in Pennsylvania, and in about 1866 moved to Whitley county, Indiana. His wife, whom he married in the Keystone state, was Mary Will, with whom he lived where he first settled in the county of Whitley, until his death in the year 1893; she survived her husband three years, dying in 1896.

Emanuel and Mary Albert had a family of nine children, of whom two died in infancy before receiving names. The others are: Emanuel M., who married Lovina Pattner, and resides in Lancaster township, this county; David, a farmer of Clear Creek township, married A. Anderson; Ellen, wife of Jacob Fisher, of Whitley county, all of whom were born before the family came to Indiana.

Daniel R. Albert was reared to manhood on a farm and in the district schools received the best education then obtainable. From early childhood a close and intelligent observer, he became the possessor of a fund of practical knowledge such as schools and colleges fail to impart, and this, with his contact with the bustling world in later years, has made him a broadminded and progressive man of affairs. While still a young man he was intrusted with the superintendency of Col. Briant's Little River stock farm, and after acting in that capacity for some time to the entire satisfaction of his employer he became a traveling salesman for a manufacturing company, disposing of machinery of various kinds throughout Indiana and other states. Later, he severed his connection with this line of business and turned his attention to the pursuits of agriculture and stock raising, in both of which his success has been marked, his realty at this time consisting of a fine farm in Warren township, containing some of the best improvements to be found in the rural districts of Huntington county. He is an up-to-date farmer, believes in the true nobility of his calling and embodies the elements characteristic of the wide awake, energetic, liberal-minded man of the times. In fact he is what may be termed in the vigorous language of the west, a hustler and a money getter, as success has uniformly attended his various enterprises, and he makes rather than awaits opportunities for action.

In politics Mr. Albert is a representative Democrat of the Jeffersonian school, and has rendered yeoman service to his party by his counsel as well as by active work in the ranks during the progress of campaigns. Possessing a strong personality, his influence is eagerly sought by candidates, and his happy faculty of making warm personal friends seldom fails him in his efforts to win votes. While a resident of Whitley county he served four years as justice of the peace, aside from which he has never held nor very greatly desired public position.

Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Red Men, having passed all the chairs in the Huntington lodge, besides representing the same in the Great Council.

On August 9, 1878, Mr. Albert was married to Miss Jemima Householder, whose birth occurred March 5, 1861. The result of this union has been the following children: Mary C., born February 15, 1880, married Charles B. Wheeler and lives in the city of Huntington; Cora M. died in infancy; Ida L., born May 18, 1886, still living under the parental roof; and Charles B., born January 3, 1890.

In the fall of 1890 Mr. Albert, yielding to a desire of long standing, revisited the scenes of his nativity after an absence of thirty-five years, and spent a number of pleasant though somewhat melancholy, days in renewing old acquaintances and noting the many changes which such a period of time can bring about. Many objects of interest which long ago appealed so strongly to his youthful imagination had forever disappeared. The names of boyhood friends were carved upon the tomb, and other changes so numerous had occurred that he was glad when the time came to turn his face homeward.

Mr. Albert is conspicuous among his fellows for his steadfastness of purpose and for always carrying to successful issue whatever he undertakes. As all of his purposes have been in conformity with correct principles and a high sense of honor, his example may safely be imitated by those with the greater part of their lives still before them and destinies yet to be achieved.

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